RE: Head Aches
Posted Friday, October 7, 2011 at 11:00 AM
Is anyone else out there prone to head aches? It seems like I have one two or three times a week, for a lot of different reasons. However, they seemed like they were getting better when I first began eating a plant based diet. Now they seem to be cycling back. I don't know if it is from Peri menopause or not. Some ladies say their head aches stop around that time... I'm also wondering if I'm eating too little on some days and that might cause it? I dunno... I'm so tired of saying I have a head ache, and I know my family gets tired of hearing it.
There are so many possible causes/reasons:
hormones - I've pretty much always ended up with some level of headache right before my period started, then it away as it starts. It seems to be related to sinus inflammation.
seasonal allergens - this year, the east coast has high levels of molds from the wet summer weather; southwest and CA (and other places) have had lots of very dry, dusty weather and particulates from wildfires; and so on
sleep disturbances - not enough of the proper sleep can do a real number as far as headaches. And, peri-menopause/menopause can disrupt sleep. I had a roomie who had a headache for several years - not headacheS but A headache - it didn't end it started and kept going. Saw many doctors. They thought the headache was making it hard for her to get sleep; turned out that poor sleep was the cause of the situation. Once that was addressed, the problem pretty much dissipated back down to levels similar to the general population
specific foods or combinations - my hubby notices if he's had a higher than usual sodium level (Like if we're out socially and get served something saltier than we'd normally do at home), he'll start feeling headachy. I sometimes got headaches from cheeses (particularly the aged ones that are a known migraine trigger). Or, if you're used to caffeine and have dropped that, you might get headache symptoms during withdrawal.
Inflammation in general in other parts of the body can trigger headaches for some. Foot problems can also trigger headaches. I know that sometimes having my hubby give me a good, deep, foot massage if I feel headachy can stop things short.
You might find it helpful to keep a journal - what you ate, drank, how long and well you slept (did you wake refreshed or still sleepy? etc), the general stress level of your day, any other physical issues going on (menstrual cycle, muscle aches, nasal drainage or congestion, etc).